Kyoda sensei taught Kanzaki and his youngest son Juko out of their garden in Beppu city located in Oita prefecture. Rain or shine they would practice outdoors. Kanzaki was trying to perform a technique, but it was obvious that he wasn’t doing it as his teacher wanted. Kyoda sensei then stood up and faced a young Kanzaki and told him to throw a punch. Mishearing his teacher, Kanzaki threw a kick instead, but instead of connecting he found himself flat on his back with Kyoda standing above him. Kyoda sensei apologized and asked if Kanzaki was all right, to which he replied, “yes”. Kanzaki returned to his practice and Kyoda took his seat and continued watching. To this day, Kanzaki was utterly shocked at how quickly he was thrown to the ground.
I think these stories tell a lot about both men’s character, their generation, and their training. Kyoda and Nakasone were roughly the same age (Kyoda born in 1887 and Nakasone in 1890) and would have been in their late 60’s when these events took place. Yet both were capable of reacting quickly to unexpected attacks from their younger students. It seems that their training had been thorough enough that their responses had become second-nature. Swift and to the point, they allowed their opponent no chance to counter attack. In other words, their methods expressed the ideals of ippon kumite / ikken hisatsu; limiting their opponent to one attack and finishing him off in a single encounter.